(CNSNews.com) - White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that there’s “potential” that the Obamacare repeal might be revived within the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s presidency.
In an interview with Fox News’ “First 100 Days” host Martha MacCallum, Spicer was asked whether it was true that the Obamacare repeal might be revived sometime during the president’s first 100 days.
“It’s always a potential. I know that our team has continued to work with members of the House in particular to see if there’s a way forward, and fortunately for us, I think the appetite to really get this done continues to grow. The enthusiasm is there, and I think a lot of the policy ideas that have come out of the last couple weeks are encouraging,” Spicer said.
“The report that came out specifically said repeal not replace, so is it possible they’re going to be separated?” MacCallum asked.
“Look, I don’t want to get ahead of anything at this point, but I think there’s a commitment that all Republicans have shared over the last several years to get this thing done,” Spicer said.
“I think we understand how bad this is for our economy, for our health care, so there’s an effort to make sure that we do things that are going to increase access and lower cost, which is not the case right now, so the team is continuing to work with House leadership, rank-and-file members, but the committee over there led by Greg Walden and others has really done a lot of work to hear new ideas and get this thing moving,” he said.
When asked if the president is willing to do Obamacare repeal and replacement separately, Spicer said, “Again, let’s see where we go. I think the president’s obviously committed to making sure that we have a health care system in place that covers people, that gives them the accessibility that they’ve been promised and helps to bend that cost curve.”
“In terms of something he talked about a lot on the campaign trail, the forgotten man, the forgotten woman, these are people like all of us in this country who want to see jobs increased. In many cases, the people who supported the president want to see tax cuts,” MacCallum said.
“They want to see the ability to choose their doctor. They want to see their health premiums go down. Some of them feel like that progress has not been made in the 100 days, and they’re questioning did they vote for the right person,” she added.
“I think there’s unquestionably an unbelievably historic amount of progress that’s been made. Twenty-four bills have been signed. Twenty-four executive orders - everything from energy independence to immigration to job creation to going after and defeating ISIS. All of those areas have been tackled,” Spicer said.
When pressed to give a timeline on when the American people will see tax cuts and Obamacare, Spicer said, “Obviously, you saw at first out of the gate was a commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare, and he hasn’t stopped working. We’re gonna get this thing done one way or another.”
Spicer pointed out that Obamacare “took 13 months, 17 or so fits and starts.”
“We’re at the beginning of this. I think the president’s committed to getting this done. He’s made it very clear to his team to continue to work with members in the House to get this through, and we’re making progress. It’s going forward,” he said.